Archive: NYC 2009

Archive: NYC 2009

Network of Music Career Development Officers 2009 NYC Conference:

("Who's Coming" list has been added at the bottom of this page)

You are invited to the 14th Annual Conference of the NETWORK of Music Career Development Officers(NETMCDO)

Tuesday and Wednesday,
January 13 and 14, 2009 in New York City

NETMCDO is the only annual conference specifically dedicated to the creation and improvement of career services for musicians!

NETMCDO is a networking group made up of university and conservatory administrators and faculty, as well as staff members of music service agencies and other music training institutions. The conference is an opportunity to exchange ideas and information on assisting musicians in developing careers.

We’ve kept the cost to a minimum -- and the net-working, information-sharing, and peer-learning at a maximum.

Info on this page:

  • Conference Overview
  • Open Space
  • Who Attends
  • Benefits
  • Our Facilitator
  • Our Venue
  • Chamber Music America
  • NETMCDO Conference Costs
  • Registration

Conference Overview

Our 2009 conference theme is THINK GLOCAL, a variation on the theme "Think Globally, Act Locally". Devote two days to music career development issues and leave energized and fueled to better assist your students and alumni. This is a conference for faculty and administrators, focusing on music career development skills and services.

* explains: "Think Globally, Act Locally" was reportedly coined by David Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth, as the slogan for FOE when it was founded in 1969, although others have stated it was originated by Rene Dubos...Some have converged "global" and "local" into the single word "glocal," a term used by several companies (notably Sony Corporation) in their advertising and branding strategies. The phrase is an in-joke among mathematicians, as it is often used in situations where the global structure of an object (e.g., a manifold, a Diophantine equation, or a group) can be inferred from the local structure.

Each of the two days will consist of panel discussions and small group break-out sessions exploring the issues that face musicians today. This year we will (again) draw on the expertise of our international partners who are excited to join us for our New York conference.

Due to the resoundingly positive feedback, we will be using "Open Space Technology" again this year for a portion of the conference.

For the 2009 Conference Schedule & Agenda, click here.

Open Space Wha?!?

Open Space Technology will be used again this year for a portion of the conference. More traditional, tired-old, been-there technology such as "Internet" and "PowerPoint" and "Computers" will be replaced by more user-friendly forms, such as flip-charts and "magic"-markers. explains: Open Space Technology (OST) offers a method to run meetings of groups of any size. ("Technology" in this case means tool — a process; a method.) OST represents a self-organizing process; participants construct the agenda and schedule during the meeting itself...OST seems to enable groups of any size to address complex, important issues and achieve meaningful results quickly. OST meetings have a single facilitator who initiates and concludes the meeting and explains the general method.

Who attends this conference?

We generally have 20 – 30 music schools and training programs represented at the conference, from universities and colleges, to training orchestras and conservatories. We’ve had a wide range of participants: faculty, staff, some who are brand new to the career services field, and general university career services staff seeking to enhance their offerings for music students. This variety makes for rich discussions and great information and idea sharing. So bring along a colleague from your institution to get even more out of the conference.

Read comments from last year. See past participants list.


Here are a few reasons for you (and your institution) to attend the network conference:

  • Explore fresh perspectives on the issues of music career development
  • Gather up-to-date info on new services and programs for music career development in the U.S. and abroad
  • Share information, ideas, and strategies
  • Network with colleagues at other institutions
  • Hear how other institutions deal with similar issues
  • Find ways to maximize your time and effort
  • Get your needs met through hands-on participation

FAIR WARNING: We have grown to realize that teaching, performing, and being an administrator are all part of being in career development -- so be prepared to be challenged on all fronts!

Our Facilitator

Facilitator John Steinmetz, a veteran and favorite from past NETMCDO conferences, will help us explore our topics as it pertains to the future planning of our own programs, our institutions, our own careers, our field as a whole, and our very own NETMCDO organization.

John Steinmetz is principal bassoonist for Los Angeles opera and a Southern California freelancer who also composes music; serves as education consultant for computer and record companies; and writes and speaks about the state of the arts and about technologies of learning and expression. His article “Resuscitating Art Music,” which has been widely distributed in the concert music field, is on the web at

Our Venue

Again this year, we will be holding our NYC conference at the conveniently located Players Theatre in the heart of Greenwich Village! Located at 115 MacDougal Street, this unique space is easily accessible by subway lines A/B/C/D/E/F/V: All at the West 4th Street stop! A historical venue for theater and now also for music rehearsals and performance, the Players Theatre was fairly recently purchased by the entrepreneurial percussionist Michael Sgouros, founding member of the Ethos Percussion Group. Michael will be on hand to welcome our group and talk about his venue venture.

Chamber Music America

We meet on these dates to make it convenient for people to also attend both the Community Engagement meeting on January 15 and the Chamber Music America Conference, January 16–18, in NYC. It’s a terrific resource for info on performance, recording, funding and presenting issues in a range of genres (classical, jazz, and other musics). You can register online for CMA at or call CMA at (212) 242-2022.

NETMCDO Conference Costs

  • "Early Bird" registration rate (before November 1): $150 per organization or school for the first participant; each additional participant for that institution is $50
  • After November 1: $200 per organization or school for the first participant; each additional participant for that institution is $75
  • Deadline=Deadline: December 1; no registrations accepted after (sorry!)

The registration fee includes our meeting space rental, facilitator’s fees, continental breakfasts both days, and lunch on Tuesday. Lunch on day two and dinners are on your own. Information on inexpensive New York hotel room rates is available on this site.

Note: Many past participants have remarked that this is the most economical conference they have ever attended ... and the most fulfilling ... and enlightening! We plan to keep it that way.


Remember: Deadline is December 1, 2008 for registration form (on this site), emailed survey (on this site), and payment.

  • All details and forms are on the Registration page.

Note: Spaces are limited.



Angela Beeching
(617) 585-1117

Schools to be represented at the 2009 Conference:

  • Anderson University
  • Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Brandon University
  • The Colburn School
  • Connecticut College
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Highgate Global (UK)
  • Honens Competition (Canada)
  • The Juilliard School
  • Loyola University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • McGill University
  • Mellon Music Management
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • The Peabody Institute
  • Prairie Bible College (Canada)
  • Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen/Royal Conservatoire, The Hague
  • Rice University
  • Royal College of Music (UK)
  • Royal Northern Conservatory of Music (UK)
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Arizona
  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Westminster Choir College
We look forward to seeing you in NYC!

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